Teahupoo's dark horse sends Wilko home early

August 23, 2016 | Surfing
Bruno Santos: a Teahupoo tube riding specialist | Photo: Cestari/WSL

Bruno Santos, winner of the Billabong Pro Tahiti Trials 2016, eliminated Matt Wilkinson from competition at Teahupoo and earned a spot in the quarterfinals. The world title race opened a new chapter.

He won the event in 2008, and he knows the "End of the Road" like few others. Bruno Santos threw the top ranked surfer on the CT to the floor with a fantastic tube riding performance.

"I am feeling really good. It is hard to surf against Wilko who is doing really well this year. I feel stronger that I beat the big guys. I just want to keep going, step-by-step," explained Santos.

Later in the day, the Brazilian forced Kelly Slater and Adrian Buchan to surf Round 4. The 11-time world surfing champion even got a Perfect 10, but Santos' two-wave total of 18.30 points was just unbeatable.

"I am super stoked to win that heat. There were three event champions in that heat. Ace is so good here, and Kelly is the man. It actually was a dream for me to beat Kelly. I've surfed against him maybe four or five times, but as a kid, I always dreamed of beating Kelly somewhere, but here it is special."

Julian Wilson is looking sharp, too. The Australian took down Jeremy Flores in Round 3 and won his Round 4 clash against two former world champions - Joel Parkinson and Gabriel Medina.

"We were hassling each other a bit. That real south wave popped up and I was able to get a score out of it. Joel [Parkinson] caught one that was really good. Gabby [Gabriel Medina] came back into the heat with a 9. It was pretty much wide open until the end, but the waves just shut down after Gabby's wave," concluded Wilson.

Billabong Pro Tahiti 2016 | Round 4

Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.30, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.63, Keanu Asing (HAW) 11.63
Bruno Santos (BRA) 18.30, Kelly Slater (USA) 18.17, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 8.33
Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.00, Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.06, John John Florence (HAW) 2.96
Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.97, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.04, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.60

Billabong Pro Tahiti 2016 | Round 5 Matchups

Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)
Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. John John Florence (HAW)

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